Back to the bookshelves. I am having more trouble with these things than a little. My latest is the face frame joints. In an effort to make a single face frame across a 13 foot set of bookshelves I have found myself in a pickle. I do not have the room to assemble the whole face frame to sand the joints flush before finishing. I talked with the customer tonight and we decided to build four separate face frames. With the hope that no planer would be needed I went to Lowe’s and picked up a 3/4” oak board. Much to my dismay, this thing is about 1/32” thicker than the current face frame material. So, out comes the planer anyway. With the wheels still turning in my mind I come up with another option. Plane down the rails of the face frame about 1/16” or maybe a hair more. This would make the stile sit proud of the rail by about 1/16”. Then, run a 1/16” chamfer down each side of the stile. It would look something like this:
Another option is top plane the rails down by 1/8” and run a 1/16” chamfer on the stiles. This would look something like this:
So, I have three options. Which do you all like best?
(1) Rebuild the face frames into four separate units and attach then to the shelves before installation.
(2) Put a 1/16” chamfer on the stile and plane the rails down to meet the bottom of the chamfer (or close to it)
(2) Put a 1/16: chamfer on the stil and plane the rails down 1/8”.
Please help if you can. I need to get started on this mid morning tomorrow. All answers or further ideas are welcome too.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA